Dondakaya Gutti Masala

For day four of the marathon, cooking with alphabet “D” is Dondakaya Gutti Masala eka Stuffed Tindora Masala eka Stuffed Ivy Gourd curry. I found this recipe almost a decade ago on Back then, there were very few Indian recipe websites and this is one of the sites I use to refer to very often for new recipes. When I found this recipe, I made it a few times and both of us loved it. Then for some reason I did not cook it for along time, until last week. The reason could have been the tedious preparation of stuffing the ivy gourd. I think I decided to stick to less time consuming simple ivy gourd fry.

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Dondakaya gutti masala or stuffed ivy gourd is a dry curry in which spiced onion paste is stuffed into the gourd and, sautéed until the gourd is tender and crunchy. Although the stuffing is a little time consuming, the effort is all worth it.

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Total Time: 35 – 40 minutes
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 – 25 minutes
Serves: 2 – 4


  • 1 ½ tbsp. Urad Dal ~ Black Gram
  • 2 tsp. Cumin
  • 5-7 Dry Red Chilies (About 2 – 3″ long and adjust to taste)
  • 1 medium sized Onion chopped or 1 cup chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Salt (this is approx. I did not measure the salt and adjust to taste)
  • 3-4 tbsp. Oil (I think 1 used 3 tbsp.)
  • 1 lb. Ivy Gourd ~ Dondakaya ~ Tindora


  • Take urad dal, cumin & dry chilies in a pan and dry roast them until they are lightly roasted. Let the spices cool. Grind together roasted spices and onion to a fine paste.
  • Add chili powder and salt to the paste and mix well.
  • Wash ivy gourd and cut off the tips. Cut each gourd lengthwise, ¾th way down, like a”plus”.
  • Stuff some onion paste into each gourd and keep aside. There is going to be some left over stuffing and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan or a saute pan. Add stuffed ivy gourd and left over stuffing to the pan and saute for 2-4 minutes until the gourd is nicely coated with oil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium – medium high, cover and cook for 5-8 minutes until ivy gourd is almost tender. Stir in between to avoid or you could end up with a burnt stuffing or masala.
  • Remove the cover and continue to fry it on medium flame until done. Reduce the heat if the masala or the onion paste burns and keep stirring it every few minutes.
  • Serve it with rice or with roti.

Recipes I posted this month in 2009, in 2010 and in 2011.
Blogging Marathon: To know more about the various themes and participating bloggers for this marathon, checkout the blogging marathon page on Srivalli’s blog.

18 Responses to Dondakaya Gutti Masala

  1. Looking very delicious!!!! The pic is so tempting… yumm!!

  2. That’s one wonderful bowl Usha..very tempting..

  3. Yumm, stuffed tindoras looks super delicious..wish to have some for my lunch today..

  4. never tried ivy gourd before..looks like a delicious recipe to try it with!

  5. VEY TEMPTING have book marked this one.we all are very fond of Tindodas..and this is a lovely variation.Super!!

  6. Looks delicious.. Am not a fan of ivy gourd. but still ur dish is so inviting, makes me want to try it..
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  7. Lovely! I gotto try this! The bowl looks so very appetizing!!

  8. looks amazing…lovely pictures , i wonder when i last drooled over a veggie recipe

  9. I haven’t heard of stuffed Ivy gourd. Looks absolutely tempting. I’m definitely gonna try it. Nice recipe…

  10. Never tried Ivy gourd this way…Sounds too delicious

  11. Looks scrumptious. We stuff it with curry powder.

  12. They look gorgeous

  13. this is a nice stuffing like you said.. the pain of chopping & stuffing is the hitch…but a variation should do good!

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  14. Yummy curry. I dont add onion for sturffing. will surely try this next time.

  15. I am not a huge fan of this veggie but dad loves this. Will try it out for him.Nice click…

  16. look awesome…we call this palwal

  17. Been wanting to do this ever since I saw ur post on FB. It’s on our menu for the next week :)

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